Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Ex-Obama security advisor Rice denies Trump spying charges

Trump also blasted the media for not sufficiently reporting on the Rice story, according to The Times, but spared his favorite cable news channel, Fox News, of criticism, even taking the opportunity to defend the network's most-watched personality. Rice denied emphatically to MSNBC on Tuesday that she had leaked that or any other information. "It is incumbent on her to prove to the American people why it wouldn't be for political reasons".

Susan Rice returned to the friendly confines of MSNBC Tuesday to respond to softball questions about the news that the Obama national security adviser had "unmasked" the identity of at least one member of the Trump transition team who was surveilled by USA intelligence. "I would absolutely put that question front and center now as a target of investigations".

Susan Rice has now flip-flopped on whether she "unmasked" the identities of Trump transition members who were spied on by the Obama Administration.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Tuesday that he could be interested in interviewing Rice as well. Susan Rice is a proven liar who doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt, ever, on anything.

"I think it's going to be the biggest story", Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office. There remains no evidence to support that claim. The Times reported all this breathlessly, giving rise to inevitable suspicions on the part of discerning readers that surely the Times was on to a big story.

At a March 20 House intelligence committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey addressed this issue when asked if Rice would have access to an unmasked American's name.

In addition, since last summer, intelligence agencies have been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including its role in hacking into Democratic email systems and distributing stolen communications and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. She says the requests were only be made for national security purposes.

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"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would", she said. "If you would have asked me this other question, I would have answered, but you never asked me'". Revealing the identities of Americans in this context is called "unmasking".

Paul has always been an outspoken opponent of the breadth and reach of the so-called security state, insisting that things like the Foreign Intelligence Services Court and the broad-scale listening programs exposed by Edward Snowden run directly counter to American civil liberties. The identities of Americans who talk with those foreigners, or who are discussed in conversations between two non-U.S. persons, are masked in intelligence reports.

But there are exceptions.

But Rice's multiple requests to learn the identities of Trump officials discussed in intelligence reports during the transition period does highlight a longstanding concern for civil liberties advocates about USA surveillance programs.

"Fulfilling the president's request for such a report, they went back and scrubbed more reports", Rice said of the intelligence agencies. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which, along with its House counterpart and the FBI, is investigating the matter.

Now, after numerous outlets to include People's Pundit Daily confirmed that to be a false statement, the former national security advisor under Barack Obama told a friendly news outlet another story, altogether. We can also find out how many others were involved as well as the motivation. The standard for senior officials to learn the names of US persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to nearly anything.

It's no surprise that US spooks intercept foreign officials' calls.

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